paranormal romance

Recent New Releases

A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3) Cold Reign (Jane Yellowrock #11) Dating The Undead (V-Date.Com #1) Red Wolf (Shifters Unbound, #10) The Untamed Vampire (Last True Vampire, #4) Deadmen Walking (Deadman's Cross, #1) Owl and the Electric Samurai (Adventures of Owl, #3) Dark Cities Ravenheart (Crossbreed #2)

A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) by Sarah J. Maas

Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin's maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places. 

In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.

Cold Reign (Jane Yellowrock #11) by Faith Hunter

Jane Yellowrock is a shape-shifting skinwalker…and the woman rogue vampires fear most. Jane walks softly and carries a big stake to keep the peace in New Orleans, all part of her job as official enforcer to Leo Pellisier, Master of the City. But Leo’s reign is being threatened by a visit from a delegation of ancient European vampires seeking to expand their dominions.

But there’s another danger to the city. When she hears reports of revenant vampires, loose in NOLA and out for blood, Jane goes to put them down—and discovers there’s something unusual about these revenants. They never should have risen.

Jane must test her strength against a deadly, unnatural magic beyond human understanding, and a ruthless cadre of near-immortals whose thirst for power knows no bounds…

Dating The Undead (V-Date.Com #1) by Juliet Lyons

It’s Bridget Jones with vampires in this fresh and funny paranormal romance from debut author Juliet Lyons 

When Silver Harris kisses sexy Irish vampire Logan Byrne on New Year's Eve, she knows other humans just won't suffice. Convinced she'll never see him again, she joins the uber-popular vampire dating site, V-Date.com.

What Silver doesn't know is that the site is more dangerous than she could ever imagined, and soon she's in over her head. When Logan returns, sparks fly and attraction sizzles, but they'll have to escape some very real demons if they have any chance of lasting forever.

Red Wolf (Shifters Unbound #10) by Jennifer Ashley

Lupine Shifter Dimitri has always had to defend himself to other Shifters. As a red wolf, he’s not considered a “pure” wolf, and the battles have honed him into a tough fighter, a champion of the fight clubs. Jaycee Bordeaux, a leopard Shifter, is Dimitri’s staunchest defender and oldest friend. Dimitri is determined to turn that friendship into a mate bond.

Jaycee loves that idea, but she knows that a mate bond can’t be forced. And when Dimitri and Jaycee are called on to go undercover to protect collared Shifters, she knows the dangers ahead will make or break their future together.

The Untamed Vampire (Last True Vampire #4) by Kate Baxter

WILD AT HEART

Chelle is not your typical vampire. Turned not with a bite but an age-old magic, she s the only one of her kind and more powerful than most. Still adjusting to her endless thirst and lethal fangs, she s desperate to discover what sets her apart. When she encounters a brutally virile alpha werewolf, she soon learns that she s not immune to the mating call and her own primal longing

The leader of the ancient Forkbeard pack, Gunnar is stunned by Chelle s lush beauty. The wild wolf inside him howls for her, but unions between vampire and werewolf are strictly taboo even if their clans weren t on the verge of war. Desire has never been so dangerous but, as a malevolent new power rises, Chelle and Gunnar face an even more frightening threat. Together, they might find a way to save their clans. But can they claim their passion, in The Untamed Vampire by Kate Baxter.

Deadmen Walking (Deadman’s Cross Trilogy #1) by Sherrilyn Kenyon

#1 New York Times bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon debuts a sweeping new epic saga sure to appeal to her millions of fans!

Deadmen tell their tales . . .

To catch evil, it takes evil. Enter Devyl Bane―an ancient dark warlord returned to the human realm as one of the most notorious pirates in the New World. A man of many secrets, Bane makes a pact with Thorn―an immortal charged with securing the worst creations the ancient gods ever released into our world. Those powers have been imprisoned for eons behind enchanted gates . . . gates that are beginning to buckle. At Thorn’s behest, Bane takes command of a crew of Deadmen and, together, they are humanity’s last hope to restore the gates and return the damned to their hell realms.

But things are never so simple. And one of Bane’s biggest problems is the ship they sail upon. For the Sea Witch isn’t just a vessel, she’s also a woman born of an ancient people he wronged and who in turn wronged him during a centuries long war between their two races―a woman who is also sister to their primary target. Now Marcelina, the Sea Witch, must choose. Either she remains loyal to her evil sister and almost extinct race against Bane and his cause, and watches humanity fall, or she puts faith in an enemy who has already betrayed her. Her people over the totality of humanity―let’s hope Bane can sway her favor.

Owl and the Electric Samurai (The Adventures of Owl #3) by Kristi Charish

The third exciting novel starring the unforgettable antiquities thief Owl—a modern-day “Indiana Jane” who reluctantly navigates the hidden supernatural world. From the pen of rising urban fantasy star Kristi Charish (Owl and the Japanese Circus) and for fans of Kim Harrison, Jim Butcher, Jennifer Estep, Jenn Bennett, and fantasy lovers everywhere.

The International Archaeology Association (IAA) is responsible for keeping all things supernatural under wraps. They’re also responsible for ruining the promising archaeology career of Alix Hiboux, better known as Owl.

Needless to say, Owl’s still a little sore about that.

Just to keep Owl’s life lively, the IAA has opened a bounty on the two designers of World Quest, the online RPG that is much, much more than it seems. Owl needs to locate the notorious gaming duo before the other mercenaries do. But finding the gamers won’t be easy since every clue points to them hiding out in the legendary lost city of Shangri-La. Not to mention that the last time Owl and the game designers spoke, their conversation didn’t exactly end on the best note…

Meanwhile, undercurrents of supernatural politics are running amok in Tokyo, dragging Owl and her friends into a deadly game of wits with an opponent who calls himself the Electric Samurai. The cost of losing? All-out civil war between two powerful supernatural factions.

Dark Cities by M.R. Carey, Cherie Priest, Tim Lebbon, Christopher Golden

An anthology of horror stories in urban settings whether back alleys, crumbling brownstones, gleaming high-rise towers, or city hall. Terrifying urban myths, malicious ghosts, cursed architecture, malignant city deities, personal demons (in business or relationships) twisted into something worse virtually anything that inspires the contributors to imagine some bit of urban darkness."

Ravenheart (Crossbreed #2) by Dannika Dark

Two weeks after joining Keystone, Raven Black is ready to take on the world as a criminal hunter for hire. If only her partner wasn’t a bloodsucking Vampire with a penchant for getting under her skin. Despite her lavish surroundings, Raven misses the freedom of life without rules. And Keystone’s next assignment is about to test her self-control in more ways than one.

Dead bodies are popping up in the human district, and all signs point to a Breed serial killer. In order to catch him, Raven and Christian embark on a mission that takes their partnership into uncharted waters. Lives are at stake. Can Raven trust her instincts, or will she fall into a web spun from lies and deceit?

Into the Darkness – K.F. Breene

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Author: K.F. Breene
 
Genre: Paranormal
 
Series: Darkness #1
 
Goodreads Rating: 3.76/5
 
 
Synopsis: Sasha has grown up with one surety: she’s not normal.

She sees things in the darkness that no one else can see. Mysterious men cloaked in shadow, moving through the night. The problem is, pointing out invisible people is a fast track to a padded cell. Orphaned at age five, Sasha quickly learns an important survival tip: keep her mouth shut and stay out of the spotlight.

Until one night, everything changes. She and her boyfriend, Jared, find themselves stranded on the wrong side of town. Suddenly, the men she was convinced were hallucinations, are very real. And very dangerous.

As a new world opens up around her, she meets him. The Boss. An alpha leader who entrances her mind and tugs on her body. Primal and sexual, his people have a different set of rules. And they don’t always play nice.

As danger rises up around her, her differences may be the only thing that saves her life. She must embrace what she’s tried so hard to hide while resisting the person her body craves most. Sasha has finally found her shadow men, and they will change her life forever.

 
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What I thought about the book: I was scrolling through books on my kindle and opened this one by accident. I decided it was a sign from Seshat and read it. I read about 5/6 pages before I decided to check out the synopsis and then expected the book to be filled with sex but it surprised me. Ok, there was a lot of sexual situations but I really thought it was going to be worse (I’ve certainly read worse) and the story and characters were strong enough to make me want to keep reading. I like Breene’s take on vampires as well. They seem like a mix of traditional vamps and fae.
 
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My Rating: 
4 paws
Into the Darkness

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Shift by Rachel Vincent

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Title: Shift

 
Author: Rachel Vincent
 
Genre: Urban Fantasy
 
Series: Shifters #5
 
Goodreads Rating: 4.23/5
 
Synopsis: Being the first female werecat enforcer isn’t easy. Scars accumulate, but I’m stronger in so many ways.

As for my personal life? It’s complicated. Choices worth making always are. Ever since my brother’s death and my father’s impeachment, it’s all I can do to prevent more blood from spilling. Now our Pride is under attack by a flight of vicious thunderbirds. And making peace with our new enemies may be the only way to get the best of our old foe.

With the body count rising and treachery everywhere, my instincts tell me to look before I leap. But sometimes a leap of faith is the only real option…

 
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What I thought about the book: I wanted more from this book!!!! The Thunderbirds seemed like a pointless addition to the world just to have another book in the series. There wasn’t much progress anywhere else except in the worlds most annoying love triangle! Which is still not resolved. The love triangle in this series always seemed really forced to me as well which is probably why it annoys me. I do not understand why Jace is so into her!
As always the action scenes are really good and Faythe is no longer annoying at all.
Good addition to the series, not great but the next book is the last one so I’ll continue.
 
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My Rating: 
3 paws

May TBR & Goals

Ok, so I never stick to my TBR. Never. Maybe I sometimes read one or two books from it but I have never managed to stick to an entire TBR. Knowing I won’t stick to one, it seems silly to keep writing them so instead I’m going to list a handful of books I would like to read this month and my other bookish goals.

Books

Kushiel's Dart (Phèdre's Trilogy, #1) Hard Bitten (Chicagoland Vampires, #4) Midnight's Daughter (Dorina Basarab, #1) The Historian Rajmund (Vampires in America, #3) Venom (Elemental Assassin, #3)Angels' Blood (Guild Hunter, #1) Cry Wolf (Alpha & Omega, #1) The Force of Wind (Elemental Mysteries, #3) Heart of Steel (Iron Seas, #2) Deeper Than Midnight (Midnight Breed, #9) Bloodfever (Fever, #2) Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter, #6) Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (Dirk Gently, #1) River Marked (Mercy Thompson, #6) Beauty of the Beast (Fairy Tale Retellings #1) Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype Captive Prince (Captive Prince, #1)

I expect to read at least two of these books. Some of them I’ve added to my TBR each month since February so we shall see….

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Goals

Even if I don’t read the above books I hope to read at least 10 things in May. I say things because I’m including short stories, novellas, graphic novels, etc. in that. I read about 11 things in April so I should be able to manage this…..hopefully.


I have been so all over the place with posting since I started this blog last year. I really want to get more consistent with posting this month. My aim is to post 5-6 times each week. Which is a lot but I’ve written out a plan to help me. Fingers crossed!


I want to get more active on Instagram as well. I studied photography after school, I really like combining my love of books with my love of photography.

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If you’ve read any of the books I mentioned I’d love to know what you thought of them. I’d also love to know if I mentioned a book above you think I should straight away! (not including Harry Potter, this is my 3rd time reading it anyway)

Anita Blake: The First Death by Laurell K. Hamilton

https://static3.comicvine.com/uploads/scale_large/10/108980/2321112-anita_blake_vampire_hunter__the_first_death__2__2007_.jpgTitle: Anita Blake: The First Death
 
Author: Laurel K. Hamilton, Jonathon Green, Brett Booth, Wellington Alves
 
Genre: Graphic Novel/ Urban Fantasy
 
Series: Anita Blake #0.5
 
Goodreads Rating: 4.07/5
 
 
Synopsis: Her fans have been asking for it – now, Laurell K. Hamilton delivers a look into Anita Blake’s past! Written by Laurell K. Hamilton herself, along with Jonathon Green, The First Death takes place almost a year before the events being chronicled in Guilty Pleasures. Witness the first meeting of Anita and Jean-Claude, Anita’s first time inside Guilty Pleasures, her first serial-killer case, and an early encounter with Edward. Prepare to be thrilled by this original story produced especially for comics! Collects Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: The First Death #1-2 and Anita Blake: Guilty Pleasures Handbook.
 
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What I thought about the book: Set before the novels, we see when Anita meets Jean-Claude for the first time and how she gets the cross scar on her arm. She tells this story in one of the books as well (might have been Guilty Pleasures, not sure), so this fan-requested look into Anita’s past that we’re getting is one we’re familiar with. I got excited when I saw Edward on the cover, I think he’s one the most interesting and underused characters in the series. I thought this would be a story of Anita’s early days on a job with him but he’s barely in it!!
I got excited when I saw Edward on the cover, I think he’s one of the most interesting and underused characters in the series. I thought this would be a story of Anita’s early days as a hunter with him but he’s barely in it!!
Bit of a waste of time to be honest. The artwork is great though.
 
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My Rating: 
2 paws

Beauty & the Beast Retellings

There are actually a lot of these out there and I’ve only read a tiny fraction of what’s available. A lot of the retellings are YA which I don’t really read and a lot of the adult ones are erotic. But there are some books inspired by the tale that reach a happy medium. Here are the ones I’ve read and the ones I’d like to read.

Currently Reading

I’m starting this book today. A lady in my book group just finished it and said it was great. Just look at that cover!

Beauty of the Beast – Rachel L. Demeter

Beauty of the Beast (Fairy Tale Retellings #1)A BEAST LIVING IN THE SHADOW OF HIS PAST

Reclusive and severely scarred Prince Adam Delacroix has remained hidden inside a secluded, decrepit castle ever since he witnessed his family’s brutal massacre. Cloaked in shadow, with only the lamentations of past ghosts for company, he has abandoned all hope, allowing the world to believe he died on that tragic eve twenty-five years ago.

A BEAUTY IN PURSUIT OF A BETTER FUTURE

Caught in a fierce snowstorm, beautiful and strong-willed Isabelle Rose seeks shelter at a castle—unaware that its beastly and disfigured master is much more than he appears to be. When he imprisons her gravely ill and blind father, she bravely offers herself in his place.

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

Stripped of his emotional defenses, Adam’s humanity reawakens as he encounters a kindred soul in Isabelle. Together they will wade through darkness and discover beauty and passion in the most unlikely of places. But when a monster from Isabelle’s former life threatens their new love, Demrov’s forgotten prince must emerge from his shadows and face the world once more…

Perfect for fans of Beauty and the Beast and The Phantom of the Opera, Beauty of the Beast brings a familiar and well-loved fairy tale to life with a rich setting in the kingdom of Demrov and a captivating, Gothic voice.


Retellings I’ve Read

Depravity (Beastly Tales, #1) Depravity, Deceit, & Devastation – M.J. Haag

This is a trilogy following 16-year-old Benella. The books are short (approx. 170 pages each), they could easily be combined to make one. I can’t decide if this is YA or NA, there are some mature situations and attempted rape. It’s a pretty good retelling but a lot of it could have been cut out. Did we really need every detail of Benalla picking vegetables and cleaning the castle? This is probably the only retelling I’ve read that has a curse with transformed servants.

Beauty and the Beast: An Erotic Tale (Sensual Fairy Tales Series Book 1) Beauty and the Beast – Jax Lawrence

This is a freaky sex one. It’s really short and seems to end in the middle. I’m guessing there’s a sequel. It’s just dirty and makes no sense! The beast is cursed to endure beastliness and scorn from the villagers until he can be sexually dominated *eye roll*. I read this because I read a really good review that didn’t reveal anything of the plot. I also didn’t read the synopsis. Luckily it was short.


These books are considered a kind of retelling. They have a beauty and a “beast” (usually a scarred man that’s still super hot) but there’s no curses or castles.


The Vixen and the Vet (A Modern Fairytale) The Vixen and the Vet – Katy Regnery

This is a sweet romance. I don’t usually go for sweet romances but I enjoyed this one. Savannah Carmichael is trying to revive her journalism career by interviewing wounded veteran and town hermit, Asher Lee. During their interviews, they become friends then fall in love. You know how it goes…

Lover Awakened (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #3) Lover Awakened – J.R. Ward

I love this book!!!!!!! This is the 3rd book in The Black Dagger Brotherhood (awesome series, you should totally read it). It follows the troubled and battle scarred Zsadist and the beautiful Bella. Since this is the 3rd book in a series I can’t really go into the plot without spoiling previous books but it’s amazing! My favourite book in the series (I’m only up to 7 though). The Black Dagger Brotherhood is a group of vampire warriors (with silly names) at war with soulless humans called lessers.

If You Deceive (MacCarrick Brothers, #3) If You Deceive – Kresley Cole

Ethan MacCarrick is a scarred and vengeful rake determined to punish Madeleine van Rowen for her parent’s crimes against him. Madeleine needs a husband or she’s out on the streets. Ethan decides to lead her on and ruin her. Nobody writes romance like Cole. I absolutely love her!

The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie (Mackenzies & McBrides, #1) The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie – Jennifer Ashley

This book is something special among historical romances. Ian Mackenzie has Asperger’s syndrome but it being 1881 he was seen as being a bit mad. He spent his youth in an asylum, an experience that left a lasting mark on him. He meets Beth Ackerly and decides she’s a beauty he must have. Throw in a murder mystery and you got yourself a great book.

A Hunger Like No Other (Immortals After Dark #2) A Hunger Like No Other – Kresley Cole

Another one by Cole. This is the second book in her very popular Immortals After Dark series. Lachlain is a werewolf gone completely nuts after 150 years of torture by vampires. Emmaline is a vampire half-breed and his destined mate. Everyone in Immortals After Dark has a soul mate….guess it’s a handy way to deal with the instalove. This one wouldn’t be one of my favourites from the series. Lachlain is way too possessive and Emmaline really struggles to stand up for herself (she kicks butt in the end though). The best part of this series is the Valkyrie. They are awesome!!! I want to be Valkyrie!!


Retellings I want to Read

Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast Beauty – Robin McKinley

Lord of Scoundrels (Scoundrels, #3) Lord of Scoundrels – Loretta Chase

When Beauty Tamed the Beast (Fairy Tales, #2) When Beauty Tamed the Beast – Eloisa James

To Beguile a Beast (Legend of the Four Soldiers, #3) To Beguile a Beast – Robin McKinley

Cruel Beauty (Cruel Beauty Universe, #1) Cruel Beauty – Rosamund Hodge

Firelight (Darkest London, #1) Firelight – Kristen Callihan

Romancing the Duke (Castles Ever After, #1) Romancing the Duke – Tessa Dare

Master of Crows (Master of Crows, #1) Master of Crows – Grace Draven

Have you read any of these books? What retellings would you recommend? 

Top Rated Books Jan-Apr

I’ve read some awesome books this year already (and some flops but never mind them). I’ve done a good few rereads as well which automatically get a high rating so I’m not going to include them. The list is long enough already!

5 Star Ratings ★★★★★

The Vagina Monologues The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler

This was so much more entertaining than I expected it to be. It was really funny.

The Importance of Being Earnest The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

Such silliness. I love it!

Skin Game (The Dresden Files, #15) Skin Game by Jim Butcher

There are a lot of books from the Dresden Files on this list. Out of the 15 books in the series, I think the lowest rating I’ve given is 3 and only on one or two books.

We Should All Be Feminists We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Indeed we should.

Angel in Scarlet Angel in Scarlet by Jennifer Wilde

Not the usual historical romance.

Ghost Story (The Dresden Files,  #13) Ghost Story by Jim Butcher

Oh, Harry 😥

First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson, #1) First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones

This woman is hilarious! I’d call these books action comedy.

Changes (The Dresden Files, #12)   Changes by Jim Butcher

I don’t think I will ever get over this book. My god Butcher!!!!!

Buying Trouble (Dorina Basarab, #1.1) Buying Trouble by Karen Chance

Fun intro to the Dorina series.

The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer

Very funny woman. She’s had an interesting life.

4 Star Ratings ★★★★☆

Side Jobs: Stories from the Dresden Files (The Dresden Files, #12.5) Side Jobs by Jim Butcher

The Professional (The Game Maker, #1) The Professional by Kresley Cole

The Gashlycrumb Tinies (The Vinegar Works, #1) The Gashlycrumb Tinies by Edward Gorey

Small Favor (The Dresden Files, #10) Small Favour by Jim Butcher

Dark Desires After Dusk (Immortals After Dark, #6) Dark Desires After Dusk – Kresley Cole

Thorn Queen (Dark Swan, #2) Thorn Queen by Richelle Mead

Ten Little Zombies: A Love Story Ten Little Zombies by Andy Rash

The Alchemist The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Spider's Bite (Elemental Assassin, #1) Spider’s Bite by Jennifer Estep

Macbeth  Macbeth by William Shakespeare

Scrappy Little Nobody Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick

Far from the Madding Crowd Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy

Jabril (Vampires in America, #2) Jabril by D.B. Reynolds

Web of Lies (Elemental Assassin, #2) Web of Lies by Jennifer Estep

A Questionable Client (Kate Daniels, #0.5) A Questionable Client by Ilona Andrews

Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress, #1) Halfway to the Grave by Jeanine Frost

Raphael (Vampires in America, #1) Raphael by D.B. Reynolds

Woo, man, I didn’t realise I had so many! Pretty awesome that my reading year has been so good so far.

Have you read any of these books? What rating did you give them? Have you read many 4/5 star books so far this year?